141-Film, stage and related directors and producers

Job Title: 

Film, stage and related directors and producers

Job Description: 

Oversee and control the technical and artistic aspects of motion pictures, television or radio productions and stage shows.


Film, stage and related directors and producers are generally responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography. They research, consider, plan, coordinate and/or direct the main activities associated with the conception, making and/or direction of a feature production. It includes stage, television, radio, video, motion picture or other forms of contemporary media for entertainment, education, information, or instruction. They may be involved in arranging and managing finance and talent selection (such as identifying and recruiting actors), as well the distribution and marketing process. They may also oversee the activities of technical departments.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • choosing writers, studying scripts to determine artistic interpretation, and instructing actors on acting methods
  • directing all aspects of dramatic productions on stage, television, radio or in motion pictures, including choice of actors, and final decisions concerning costumes, set designs, sound or lighting effects
  • planning, organizing and controlling the various stages and scheduling involved in the production of presentations, motion pictures, television shows and radio programs
  • engaging and supervising all technical personnel, and determining the treatment, scope and scheduling of production
  • maintaining production archives and negotiating royalties
  • creating, planning, writing scripts for recording, videotaping and editing programs
  • supervising the positioning of scenery, props and lighting and sound equipment

Higher specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Advanced knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Higher knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Broad knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Broad knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively managing complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, management information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and produce recommendations and/ or relevant options
  • Manage higher level relationships and organize related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Higher skills and experience in broad based policy analysis, formulation and research, plus planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Develop concepts and convey strategic suggestions from the spectrum of development experience
  • Broad level negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support broad-level and complex work achievement
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex predictable and new contexts problems
  • Communicate with effect, and a proven record of developing and maintaining active partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed higher oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively control risks associated with change, as well observe ethical standards related to complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions
  • Highly developed broad organizational skills, including the ability to organize priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    Typically, work long and irregular hours, which may include evenings and weekends to complete assigned tasks and priorities. Often work in offices or studios, and outdoors on location, including some time spent at different local, national or international locations to accord with production schedules and/or shoots. Their work can be quiet stressful at times caused by the need to develop, negotiate and manage the performance plan(s), the production, budget(s) and respective technical departments and talent. As well, being constantly vigilant in monitoring and reviewing the performance of the production, the technical departments, finances, actors, technology, legal and human resources to meet the deadlines, whereby should they be exceeded penalties may be applied. May undertake negotiations, to effect business closure and to achieve results, contributing increased stress levels. May travel often to meet with existing or prospective clients, stakeholders and/or officials, and attend, in some cases present at, conventions, peer events, conferences or seminars. Also, they may work as volunteer (unpaid) directors or producers, semi-volunteer (some payment maybe from a private or public grant) directors or producers or professional (full salary) directors or producers; largely dependent on the purpose of the organization, whether private, government or community based.


    Advanced/Higher Diploma in film studies and visual arts or related field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent. Larger and more professional organizations may require individuals to hold a Bachelor degree in arts communication related to media arts and production with a bias in business administration or equivalent as an entry requirement.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    Al Shiraa Animation Studio, Media Zone Authority, Integrated Media Solutions

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Documentary director - Film editor - Motion picture director - Director of photography - Stage director - Technical director - Technical television or radio director - Theatre producer
    Examples of some related occupations:
    TV news producer - Broadcasting technician - Sound technician - Video technician - Stage manager - Director - production manager - Production director - Engineer - Operations manager - Master control operator (MCO) - Engineering production operations director - Creative services director - Casting director - Artistic director - Casting associate - Casting assistant - Artistic associate - Casting agent - Casting coordinator - Extras casting director
    Program director - Program manager - Programming director - News director - Director
    Operations manager - Program coordinator - Production director - Newscast director
    Operations director - - Producer - Television news producer - Promotions producer - Television producer (TV producer) - Animation producer - Executive producer - Newscast producer - Radio producer - Associate producer - Director - Television director (TV director) - Artistic director - Newscast director - Stage manager - Technical director - News production supervisor - Television newscast director - Assistant director - Associate artistic director

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Arts, entertainment, multimedia and ITC applications
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi